RELEASE DATE: MARCH 6, 2012
othing Left To Fear
othing Left To Fearis the Andy Cherry’s debut album and his distinctive voice comes as a welcome addition to the CCM genre. He is a singer whose voice resembles Chris Martin of Coldplay but his music taps into both traditional CCM music and lush piano driven rock. The album also shines with lyrical content, it never feels like stale worship music, which is a real threat in what has to be the most conservative music genre. It is an album with enough shine that it stands out in the midst of a great many CCM artists.
In a genre dominated by bands who have been around for years, Andy Cherry’s debut album has definite underdog status. This is CCM done with just enough creativity to appeal to both casual and hardcore CCM fans without alienating those who want a traditional style. Cherry sings with passion and energy making every song showcase his singing abilities and he never misses a beat. This is an enjoyable album through and through done without features or gimmicks for promotion, it is simply honest beautiful music.
“Running To Our Savior ” is a mellow melodic track that shows Andy Cherry’s considerable talent to somehow straddle the line between singing softly and transitioning effortlessly to high notes. In soft tracks such as this it is easy to feel that welcomed but strange familiarity with his voice. The song also shines lyrically in the fact it is just humble enough to feel sincere and deeply personal but it is a track that feels big enough to easily be sung in a worship setting.
“Beautiful Morning” is another mellow track but one of the only tracks on the album, that at least in the introduction feels a bit overly simplistic. While the rest of the album shines lyrically this is one of the biggest stumbles of the album. It is still an enjoyable track that is about the beauty of God’s love and the wonder it brings in life but the track is listened singularly neglects to show many of Andy Cherry’s considerable talents that are apparent on the rest of the album. The song is definitely a pass.
“City Of Light” is a perfect example on how this album brings in solid rock influences while remaining firmly in the CCM territory. It has just the right amount of energy to be more uptempo and aggressive than most tracks in the genre while keeping the focus on Worship. It is a powerful track that is just expansive enough to get lost and humbled by the beauty of the lyrics. The track, like most of the album, is still manageable for a worship service even if it is on the faster side of the tempo at times.
Nothing Left To Fear is a strong debut album by a talented artist who is able to shine throughout the entire album. The album has just enough rock undertones to stand out among a crowd of similar artists without alienating anyone. In the midst of the harder piano driven rock songs Andy Cherry bears an uncanny resemblence to Chris Martin from Coldplay, which isn’t a bad thing given Coldplay’s long successful history. It should also make this album more appealing for cross over appeal from casual CCM fans. All in all this album is well worth the purchase price despite being slightly on the short side.